Not to be confused with the really quite dreadful Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, this is a bizarre and unsettling little film from South Korea. It isn’t a retelling of the classic fairy tale, although there are elements taken from that story.
This Hansel and Gretel follows a young man who, after becoming lost in the woods, is taken by a little girl to a house deep in the forest. There he meets her brother, sister and parents. He’s offered a bed for the night. The phone lines are down [groan]. He must wait for them to be fixed before he can call to get his car fixed and be on his way. I don’t want to say any more about the plot on the minute off-chance that you might ever watch this.
Hansel and Gretel is very definitely a slow burner. But, with sumptuous, colourful sets and an intriguing story you might not mind. The kids are at once vulnerable and frightening, and this creates a sense of dread which builds gradually and leads to a somewhat predictable but relatively satisfying conclusion. Stylish and creepy is a hard combination to pull off but I think they managed it.
I’ll give this a watch if I can find it. I need to find Crazy Bitches first.
You should definitely look at Crazy Bitches first, I think it’s a bit more your cup of tea.
You got it, lady!
The Koreans – like the Japanese – are very good at doing creepy, aren’t they? 😉
Oh my god, so good!
Have you seen Bedevilled or A Tale Of Two Sisters?
I saw ToTS yeeeeears ago but don’t remember much. Is Bedevilled worth watching?
Bedevilled is a slow building, gory horror with tragic undertones and the usual twist ending. I enjoyed it! 😉
Sounds spot on! I’ll check it out.
OMG Laura I love this film!!!!
*some light spoilers*
I bought it expecting a bit of creepy fun and then ended up really emotional by the end of the movie. I thought the kids backstory was so sad and it completely changed the spectrum of the film.
It WAS still creepy though! And it had a very strange atmosphere. I really like watching Korean horror films because they just do not fit the mould of western movies we’re used to.
Yesssss! Emma! Have you reviewed it? I really liked it. So unusual not to mention refreshing to see such an effort put into creating beautiful imagery and lush sets.
Yes it was certainly a beautiful film, I can remember all the deep colours!
I’ve not reviewed it no, I watched it ages ago before I even had a blog. I do have it on DVD though, so a re-watch (and review!) is very possible. I would find it hard reviewing it I think, without giving away spoilers. Great movie though 🙂